A good start for 2015

A good start for 2015

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2015 has started well for Bradford on Avon Museum with 166 visitors in the two weeks since re-opening in mid-January and some interesting new acquisitions.

. A large enamelled steel road sign that was put up at one of the entrances to the town by the Royal Automobile Club. It lists the...

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Some Winsley objects in the Museum Collection

Some Winsley objects in the Museum Collection

Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire .. A child’s sarcophagus (stone coffin) which was found in a field near Parsonage Farm, Winsley. It was originally carved from a single block of limestone, but had been broken into several pieces by ploughing. The lid, which would have been another single piece of stone, was not found. It...

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Acquisitions: Milking stool and yoke

Acquisitions: Milking stool and yoke

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Among the agricultural objects that a local museum should have in its collection are two that were very common in the dairy, but somehow they had not come to Bradford on  Avon Museum until now.

The milking stool is low, to get down to the level of a cow’s udders and is three-legged, because that is more stable on...

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New Air-conditioning

New Air-conditioning

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During the week 10-14 December new air-conditioning machinery and associated pipework are being installed in the Museum and in the meeting/exhibition room next door.

As a precaution against the dust that could have accumulated in the roof space being released when suspended ceiling tiles are removed, as much as practical of...

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Unclaimed World War 1 Medallions

Unclaimed World War 1 Medallions

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After the end of the Great War, in July 1919, Bradford on Avon Urban District Council arranged for medallions to be given to each person from the town who had served in the armed forces. Each was inscribed with the person’s name.

However, a couple of years ago, the present Town Council discovered a box which contained...

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The Museum Collection: Medieval

The Museum Collection: Medieval

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Although whole buildings of the middle ages stand in and around Bradford, so far very little from the medieval period has come to Bradford on Avon Museum. Less than from the New Stone Age (Neolithic ) and much less than from the Roman Period!

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This piece of stone is a part...

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Museum Collection: Transport

Museum Collection: Transport

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A copper alloy button with the intertwined letters GWR. It would have dropped off the uniform of a Great Western Railway employee and was found in Sandy Leaze, which was a field that was built over in the 1960s.

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The Museum Collection: the Wadman Trophy

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The rose bowl trophy was awarded in 1908 to William James Wadman (1887-1954) of Stowford, Wingfield for shooting. He was a member of the Rood Ashton-Malmesbury troop of the Wiltshire Yeomanry.

It was presented to him by Sir Vincent and Lady Caillard – Sir Vincent Henry...

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The Memorial Baths, Bridge Street

The Memorial Baths, Bridge Street

As a memorial for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, it was decided to erect a building containing a swimming pool and baths, for the many people who then did not have one in their own homes. The site was a shabby area of ramshackle workshops in Bridge Street, next to the Town Bridge- so it would be an exercise in both tidying up an eyesore and providing a new facility. The...

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Avoncliff Red Cross Hospital

Avoncliff Red Cross Hospital

Westwood, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire . A range of buildings on the Westwood side of Avoncliff, which had been housing for workers at the woollen cloth mill and then the Bradford Poor Law Union Workhouse, became in 1917 a Red Cross Hospital for treating soldiers who were recuperating from wounds from fighting in the Great War. The hospital...

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People: Elizabeth Tackle (1808-1877)

People: Elizabeth Tackle (1808-1877)

The Bradford artist Elizabeth Ann Hamlyn was born in Bandon, near Cork in Ireland, the daughter of an army officer who was serving there. Her father moved the family to Holt in 1817 and he became the minister of the Independent Chapel. She married the Rev James Tackle in 1832, living in the manse attached to the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel in Huntingdon Street in Bearfield,...

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The Museum Collection: Horse-riding

The Museum Collection: Horse-riding

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The cultivation of horses and riding are expanding in this, as in other areas of the country. Bradford on Avon Museum holds items relating to the Save the Children Fund Gymkhana, which was an annual fixture between 1976 and 1990, raising funds for charity. For most of the time it was held in a field belonging to John...

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Old Photographs: Fire Brigade

Old Photographs: Fire Brigade

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Bradford’s volunteer firemen turned out for the opening of Bradford Waterworks in 1883, formed part of a procession and demonstrated that the new water supply had enough pressure for them to direct jets from their hoses over...

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Old Photographs: Church Street

Old Photographs: Church Street

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Bradford commemorated the death of King Edward VII in 1910 with a parade and a service at the parish church. On the right, the buildings of Church Street Mill are unoccupied and windows have been smashed. They were still at...

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Old Photographs: Military & Wartime

Old Photographs: Military & Wartime

. Wiltshire Volunteers

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K Company cyclists of Wiltshire Volunteers, photographed in 1901 outside Duckmead House, Monkton Farleigh, the home of their Captain, Erlysman Pinckney.

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The Museum Collection: Public Houses & Publicans

The Museum Collection: Public Houses & Publicans

Inn tokens or checks

Tokens came into use in this area in the 1840s, when there was not much small change about. Workers would purchase the tokens when they were paid and use them to buy beer at a later time.

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A brass token, worth three pence, that was issued by Thomas Holloway at the Lamb Inn, Bradford. The...

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Holt Junction Station

Holt Junction Station

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Enamelled sign from the station, now in the museum

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The original plan of the Great Western Railway (GWR) between London and Bristol in 1835 was for there to be branches to Bradford, Trowbridge and...

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The Museum Collection: Holt

Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Bradford on Avon Museum holds the collection of objects relating to the parish of Holt that was assembled by the late Pam Gooding. Below are photographs of a selection of them and other items.

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Old Photographs: Bowls

Old Photographs: Bowls

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Bradford Rowing Club laid out a two-rink bowling green next to their boathouse for non-rowing members in 1912. The green was enlarged to three, then to four rinks. In 1957 the Rowing Club Bowls Section became Bradford on Avon Bowling Club and in 1966 moved to the new green that was provided on the other side of the river by Wiltshire County...

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Old Photographs: Cricket

Old Photographs: Cricket

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Group photographs of cricket teams seem to be less common than those of football teams.

. A group photograph that was taken on the occasion of a match between the Bradford rubber works cricket team and a visiting team from the London office of the George Spencer Rubber Company, probably...

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